STATE TIMES NEWS JAMMU: An impressive Nagar- Kirtan was taken out by the members of Sikh community ahead of Gurpurab here on Thursday. A large number of Sikh devotees including women and children assembled at Gurdwara Sri Guru Nanak Dev Ji at Chand Nagar here in the morning. Members from various Sikh organisations, children of various schools and religious preachers also attended this grand Shobha Yatra, taken out in Jammu city in connection with the Parkash Utsav of Tenth Guru of Sikhs, Sri Guru Gobind Singh Maharaj which is being celebrated on January 5 across the State. Since early morning today hundreds of devotees started arriving at Chand Nagar Gurdwara. It was well decorated by the Management Committee members. A highly decorated Rath with flowers and other impressive material was framed by the experts on which Holy Guru Granth Sahib was placed. The Head Granthi and other religious personalities were mounting on the Rath and delivering holy sermons and Gurbani Kirtan through the loud speakers fitted on the Rath and other vehicles following it. Various Raagi Jathas who recited Kirtan include Bhai Joginder Singh from Gurdwara Bangla Sahib Delhi, Avtar Singh Tari from Jallandher, Dhadi Jatha of Bhai Anmrik Singh Jallandher, Bibi Devinder Kour, Bhai Sulakhan Singh and lecture by Bhai Harmeet Singh Makhanpur. At around 10:00 AM, the Nagar Kirtan started its journey for historic Gurdwara at Nanak Nagar. The decorated Chariot was leading the religious procession of devotees, who were singing devotional songs and raising religious slogans. At Dogra Chowk, it was virtually appearing as a sea of humanity, because thousands of people were following this grand Nagar Kirtan and the tail end was no where visible. Panj Piyare clad in traditional dress, carrying swords were leading the Shobha Yatra. Member Legislative Council (MLC) Ch Vikram Randhawa, District Development Commissioner (DDC) Jammu, Ramesh Kumar, SSP Jammu, Tajinder Singh and many prominent personalities marked their presence in the Nagar Kirtan. Many Sikh youth, were seen displaying their skills of martial art with swords, spear and other weapons during Nagar Kirtan. The youth and specially the children, were seen full of enthusiasm and zest. Several organisations from different localities of the city with their banners were moving in their own group, though they all were the part of same procession. Some were playing Dholak and singing religious songs in the praise of the Great Guru. After crossing Dogra Chowk, Tawi Bridge, Bikram Chowk the Shobha Yatra reached at Asia Crossing and then moved towards Gandhi Nagar. On the way, several organisations from the other communities had set up stalls of eatables and Sharbat/ drinks. They greeted the devotees and also joined them on the occasion of Gurpurab celebrations. The Nagar-Kirtan after passing through Green Belt, Gandhi Nagar Gurdwara Fateh Singh and Gole Market finally culminated at Nanak Nagar Gurdawara. The district administration had made elaborated security arrangements in view of the Shobha Yatra. Several senior officers were moving with the Nagar Kirtan.
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